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Title

Jain invitation scroll


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This impressive scroll painting is at once a lengthy letter of invitation and a promotional banner. Such scrolls were routinely sent by a community to invite Jain monks to spend the rainy season at their town or village. To attract the most distinguished holy men, the pictures advertised major attractions that a town had to offer and highlighted the pious nature of its community. This scroll from Sirohi, an important centre of Jainism even today, includes pictures of rulers and royal processions, scenes of worship at important shrines and illustrations of commerce at the town’s bazaars.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 2006.


Details


Place where the work was made

Rajasthan India


Cultural origin

probably Sirohi


Date

circa 1760


Media category

Painting


Materials used

gouache on prepared cotton, Sanskrit in black and red Devanagari script; seven painted scenes; green border with floral motif


Dimensions

822.0 x 29.0 cm


Credit

Asian Collection Benefactors' Fund 2006


Location

Not on display


Accession number

285.2006



Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history